Beekeeping Course

beekeeping course

Are you beginning in bees and looking for a beekeeping course?

Our friends Beekeeping Basics are running a beginners beekeeping course at Armidale High School on Saturday February 4 and Sunday February 5, 2017.

Allan Thomas, the instructor at Beekeeping Basics is an experienced beekeeper and a skilled trainer.

Allan has worked as an agricultural science teacher in the state school system and successfully ran the beekeeping basics courses for NSW Department of Primary Industries. (ProFarm) Allan has a wealth of experience in beekeeping and he is able to pass it on to his students in a practical and easy to understand manner.

The two day beekeeping course includes beekeeping topics such as :

  • safety and reaction to bee stings
  • explanation of beehive components and equipment
  • biology of bees
  • frame construction
  • lighting a bee smoker
  • opening and inspecting a bee hive
  • siting and moving bee hives
  • honeybee pests and diseases
  • requeening
  • how to obtain honeybees
  • swarming
  • extracting honey
  • marketing of honey and wax
  • legal considerations

Allan keeps participant numbers on his courses to a maximum of 12 so that everyone gets the chance to participate and ask questions.

The 2 day workshop costs $285.00 per person. (GST free) A copy of the NSW DPI Agskills book is included in the price and you also get to keep the frame that you assemble and a sample of honey that you will assist in harvesting.

A bee suit will be provided to participants who don’t have on however you can also provide your own protective equipment.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for morning and afternoon tea however participants should bring their own lunch.

Allan Thomas can be contacted by calling him on 0428 712 587 or by email at

Alternatively you can contact us and we will pass your details on.

Beekeeping basics has a great Facebook page where you can keep up to date with Allan’s courses and other events.

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